Remember When: Looking Back on the 2009 NCAA Tournament

Ari Kramer@Ari_KramerSenior Analyst IIApril 7, 2009

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 19:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels signals the bench as he runs downcourt against the Radford Highlanders during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 19, 2009 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It's hard to believe it's already over, but the tournament left us with lots of memorable moments.

Let's start from the very beginning...

Remember when Garrison Carr and the American University Eagles had the Villanova Wildcats right where they wanted them?

Remember when Dwayne Anderson and Corey Fisher led the Wildcats on a 33-12 run to escape that near first-round upset?

Remember when everyone in the country knew that Western Kentucky would beat the higher-seeded Fighting Illini?

Remember when Eric Maynor could not revive his clutch-ness from two years ago?

Remember when Byron Eaton's and-one layup with seven seconds left lifted Oklahoma State over Tennessee?

Remember when Tennessee's Tyler Smith responded with a three-pointer that would have won the game had it been an inch longer?

Remember when Ben Woodside's 37 points were not enough to upset third-seeded Kansas?

Remember when Lazar Hayward's clutch hand put an end to Utah State's comeback?

Remember when Pitt nearly became the first ever one-seed to lose in the first round?

Remember when East Tennessee State shot 12-24 from the foul line and lost by 10?

Remember when a number of people overlooked Dayton?

Remember when a number of people overrated West Virginia?

Remember when Utah beat Arizona? Wait, what?

Remember when Siena overcame an 11-point second half deficit to force overtime?

Remember when Siena's Ronald Moore sank a right-wing trey with three ticks left to force a second overtime?

Remember when Moore gave us all a deja vu, winning the game on another right-wing triple?

Remember when Cleveland State easily handled the once No. 1 Wake Forest Demon Deacons?

Remember when Travon Hughes spun, hung, and connected on a last second layup that would send Wisconsin past Florida State and into the second round?

Remember when JaJuan Johnson blocked a billion Washington shots in the waning seconds of Purdue's second round win?

Remember when UConn won its first two tournament games by an average of 41 points?

Remember when Villanova demolished UCLA in front of the Philly crowd?

Remember when Bill Raftery just kept talking? Onions!

Remember when LSU kept UNC in a tight game before succumbing in a 14 point loss?

Remember when we were all reluctant to pick UNC because of Ty Lawson's toe?

Remember when what's his face on Gonzaga raced down the court and found an open, game-winning layup waiting for him at the other end?

Remember when Duke finally (barely) made it past the second round?

Remember when Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf connected on three straight treys to end an Arizona State run that put Orange fans on the edges of their seats?

Remember when Lazar Hayward butchered Marquette's incredible comeback against Mizzou by stepping over the baseline?

Remember when the last team into the tourney advanced to the Sweet 16?

Remember when Terrence Williams fell into the photographer's row, grabbed a camera, and pretended to take a picture during Louisville's second round win?

Remember when Williams needed to take over that game in order to end Siena's tourney run?

Remember when Hasheem Thabeet completely overpowered Purdue in the Sweet 16?

Remember when Levance Fields swished a three and converted on a fast-break layup to propel Pitt past Xavier?

Remember when Tyreke Evans looked like a pro against Missouri?

Remember when Missouri dropped 102 points on Memphis' renowned defense?

Remember when Jay Wright's Villanova squad inundated the cursed Duke Blue Devils?

Remember when Louisville owned Arizona?

Remember when T.V. timeouts got really, really annoying?

Remember when Syracuse was supposed to be this year's Cinderella but lost to Oklahoma in the Sweet 16?

Remember when Kalin Lucas' and-one sent Michigan State to the Elite Eight?

Remember when Kemba Walker slipped through Missouri's defense and led UConn to Detroit?

Remember when Villanova's full-court pass blunder led to a Levance Fields trip to the charity stripe?

Remember when Fields connected on both foul shots, re-energizing the Panthers?

Remember when Scottie Reynolds made his way into the lane with time winding down?

Remember when Pitt's two defenders couldn't prevent Reynolds' instant-classic, game-winning floater?

Remember when Michigan State surprised the world by upending Louisville in the Elite Eight?

Remember when Blake Griffin hit his head on the backboard but managed to complete his dunk?

Remember when North Carolina's depth was too much for the Sooners?

Remember when Michigan State out-hustled UConn throughout the second half of their Final Four matchup?

Remember when Durrell Summers wouldn't let Stanley Robinson's hand obstruct the ball's path into the hoop, igniting the home crowd?

Remember when Raymar Morgan didn't let his face-mask hold him back?

Remember when Stanley Robinson rose above everyone on the floor to slam-back A.J. Price's miss?

Remember when Kalin Lucas was Kalin Lucas?

Remember when North Carolina missed 15 foul shots but managed to beat Villanova by 14 points, anyway?

Remember when North Carolina's 55 first-half points set an NCAA Championship record?

Remember when Hasheem Thabeet attended the Championship in a button-down and sunglasses?

Remember when Chris Allen changed his name to "Schmuck" after missing every shot ever?

Remember when Tyler Hansbrough finally won a National Championship?

Remember when we all knew that was going to happen before the season started?

Feel free to add your own "remember when" in the comment thread.


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